Chesterfield Manager John Pemberton calls for 'common sense' to prevail amid the coronavirus pandemic

He was speaking after the Spireites' 1-1 draw at Dover.

Chesterfield Manager John Pemberton is urging the National League to use their 'common sense' in future after the Spireites fixture at Dover was allowed to go ahead.

That's despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic resulting in the postponement of all professional football across the English Premier League and English Football League until at least April.

Speaking after their stalemate in Kent, Pemberton says the build up to the game was stressful;

"It's been very difficult. We're glad it's over now. We were going to leave at 12pm, but we ended up leaving at 1pm. We rang the National League to ask for advice, as Haydn Hollis hasn't been feeling very well, so we wanted some advice and we weren't provided with any.

"We were hanging on, and we just ended up making a decision to go. What I didn't want to go was put it on myself to cancel the game, only for the club to end up with a fine.

"There's no common sense in playing this game today. We've all got families, I've got an 81 year old father who lives on his own, and I can't go and see him now as a precautionary measure.

"Every league in Europe has decided to cancel their games, but for some reason, we've played our game, which is just crazy.

"It's not to do with whether we want to play the game or not. We shouldn't have played today because nobody else in the world is, so where's the common sense here?"

The game itself finished 1-1 after Tom Denton's 80th minute penalty was cancelled out by Nassim L'Ghoul with just a minute to go.

However, the point has lifted the Spireites up to 19th in the National League table.




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